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Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 01-02-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,383
Posted By Garfield
One of these days I'm going to have to go to a...

One of these days I'm going to have to go to a picturesque site and snap a pic....
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-10-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,586
Posted By Garfield
"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions." ...

"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."
Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot


I never noticed Andy's sig line before ... so true, love it. :wally:
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 01-12-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,061
Posted By Garfield
+1 Well summarized. Looks like a failure due to...

+1
Well summarized. Looks like a failure due to user error. Been there, done that (in other ways). Welcome to the club! :wally:
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 01-03-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,521
Posted By Garfield
Well I only tow a 6000lb 25 footer with a measly...

Well I only tow a 6000lb 25 footer with a measly 3.6L V6 gasser, but FWIW I get 11 MPG on average all-day-long -- this just to illustrate that weight and displacement means little when it comes to...
Forum: Our Community 12-30-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,683
Posted By Garfield
Yes! Every Airstream has its charms and...

Yes! Every Airstream has its charms and trade-offs, but we love our 25SS...it has everything we want. Every year we check out the new models but have yet to see anything we'd actually buy including...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-22-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,581
Posted By Garfield
Yes, well I don't mean to be presumptuous as I...

Yes, well I don't mean to be presumptuous as I have no idea what your setup is or what you tow with, but most often I find this kind of statement made by folks that have no experience with a...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-19-2016, 11:13 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,581
Posted By Garfield
Hi Cazual6; I'm just responding to your PM...

Hi Cazual6;

I'm just responding to your PM for detailed information on my setup.

I think most everything is answered my original post in 2012......
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-24-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,573
Posted By Garfield
The wheelbase of a TV does not NEED to be long...

The wheelbase of a TV does not NEED to be long but shorter wheelbase vehicles tend to bounce more and often need superior sway control so may require the use of a more expensive/sophisticated...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-22-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,084
Posted By Garfield
What? No v6 SUV option? I'm outta here. (Well, I...

What? No v6 SUV option? I'm outta here. (Well, I think our SUV it's a truck compared to our daily driver.)
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-31-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,269
Posted By Garfield
In an attempt to keep things factually correct...

In an attempt to keep things factually correct (after all, this is my thread :)) when highway cruising at 105 kph (65 mph), my Traverse stays in 5th gear at 2300 rpm 95% of the time and only drops...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-30-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,269
Posted By Garfield
Thank you, and yes I am very happy. We plan on...

Thank you, and yes I am very happy. We plan on keeping this current combo (Safari and Traverse) at least until I retire in about 10 years.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-30-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,269
Posted By Garfield
That's a very reasonable question. :) For...

That's a very reasonable question. :)

For me, it's simply because for the 95% of the time when I'm NOT towing, I have no use whatsoever for a "suitable tow vehicle that has been engineered to do...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-10-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,075
Posted By Garfield
Interesting post, and truthfully I might very...

Interesting post, and truthfully I might very well have chimed my agreement with you...until two summers ago. My wife and I were on a trip up north on a two-lane highway, and being unfamiliar with...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-10-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,915
Posted By Garfield
I'm happily towing with a V6 gasser SUV...

I'm happily towing with a V6 gasser SUV (Traverse). My only caution is that if you're planning to tow anywhere close to your max towing capacity you really should get expert advice, which...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-09-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,075
Posted By Garfield
Been towing our 25 footer for three years with a...

Been towing our 25 footer for three years with a lowly V6 SUV (gasp!). No issues. Wouldn't change a thing.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-06-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,994
Posted By Garfield
Here's how Andy did it on my Traverse....welded...

Here's how Andy did it on my Traverse....welded two right-angle pieces of steel from my Class III hitch to the underside of the body. They and to drop the spare tire in order to fit the supports. You...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-06-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,478
Posted By Garfield
Yup, visit Can-Am if you can. I replaced my aging...

Yup, visit Can-Am if you can. I replaced my aging V8 Yukon with a V6 Traverse (saved myself $10k by not replacing the over-priced Yukon). After Andy & co. got things set up the Traverse out-tows and...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-21-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,591
Posted By Garfield
Personally I'm not squeemish about towing over my...

Personally I'm not squeemish about towing over my TV's towing limit as I do now, but I wouldn't relish towing even a 16 footer with a RAV4. It may have the same towing capacity as a minivan, but the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-19-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,504
Posted By Garfield
Do you really think this is relevant to the OP...

Do you really think this is relevant to the OP when you're towing a 30 foot classic?
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 01-21-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,391
Posted By Garfield
+1. That's my choice ... cheap and covers tanks,...

+1. That's my choice ... cheap and covers tanks, battery and my beloved Hensley. Bet you never saw "cheap" and "Hensley" used in the same sentence, but in this case it works! :)
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-08-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,909
Posted By Garfield
Please provide a link...I need to read that...

Please provide a link...I need to read that thread.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-04-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 16,814
Posted By Garfield
To the OP: Not a car, but I'm very happy...

To the OP:

Not a car, but I'm very happy with my V6 SUV (Chevy Traverse) towing my 25SS Safari. Keep in mind that it was professionally set-up by an expert (see sig) and I spent the big bucks on a...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 08-25-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,738
Posted By Garfield
I'd suggest the "best truck" is the one you like...

I'd suggest the "best truck" is the one you like best. In fact ANY truck that I know of will tow a 25 footer...as will many SUVs, minivans and even some sedans. Buy the one you like best.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-25-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,977
Posted By Garfield
Honestly my advice is to buy the model you like...

Honestly my advice is to buy the model you like best. When it comes to towing and camping, there's very very little difference between them. Yes, there's a learning curve like everything else, but if...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-07-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By Garfield
Yup, talk to Andy. I tow a 2001 25SS Safari (GVWR...

Yup, talk to Andy. I tow a 2001 25SS Safari (GVWR 6400 lbs) with a Chevy Traverse that tows like a champ. I'd be quite prepared to tow a 27 footer with the same vehicle so I can't see why GL 450...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 03-01-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,615
Posted By Garfield
:) Airstreams certainly are a unique travel...

:) Airstreams certainly are a unique travel trailer, but they aren't made for hauling a lot of stuff, that's for sure.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 03-01-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,629
Posted By Garfield
Indeed, we will never solve air pollution...

Indeed, we will never solve air pollution until/when we get away from burning fossil fuels for our energy needs across the board. It should be clear by now that none of the "alternative energy...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-20-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,615
Posted By Garfield
FWIW I own a 2001 SS Safari and my sticker UVW of...

FWIW I own a 2001 SS Safari and my sticker UVW of 4850 lbs is accurate -- remember that doesn't include the weight of fluids, battery and dealer-installed options.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 02-11-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 26,372
Posted By Garfield
I'm sure the North American Corolla can tow 2800...

I'm sure the North American Corolla can tow 2800 lbs too...but here the market here is different (i.e. real men tow with trucks, right?!) :D
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 01-30-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 10,846
Posted By Garfield
Not meaning to nit-pick, but that's not my...

Not meaning to nit-pick, but that's not my experience. I don't disagree that as far as MPG is concerned, smaller displacement gas engines don't perform any better than larger displacement gas engines...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-25-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 89,311
Posted By Garfield
Hi Alan; Yes, the Traverse runs on regular...

Hi Alan;

Yes, the Traverse runs on regular octane gas.

When towing we average 11-12 MPG, which is about the same as you'd get with a modern 1/4 ton PU truck or full sized Yukon SUV these days...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-23-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 89,311
Posted By Garfield
+1 to this. I went with Andy's advice and...

+1 to this.

I went with Andy's advice and changed out my OEM's for a set of Firestone Destination ST's P235/65R17 which come with a speed rating of 108H, XL load range with 1000 kg load...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-22-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,202
Posted By Garfield
Woha! Are you sure Andy wasn't referring to an...

Woha! Are you sure Andy wasn't referring to an supplementary OIL cooler? I know he doesn't think oil coolers are all that necessary for most folks. But a transmission cooler is essential -- they are...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-22-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,202
Posted By Garfield
That get's my vote! :) Can-AM installed an...

That get's my vote! :)

Can-AM installed an inexpensive Hayden #405 Ultra transmission cooler on my Traverse. A cheap external tranny cooler is FAR superior to a "built in" cooler. We don't live in...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-23-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,165
Posted By Garfield
That's a solid mid-weight tower that won't break...

That's a solid mid-weight tower that won't break a sweat towing a 23 footer. As mentioned, the 4-6-8 function is virtually a non-issue when towing. I think you can expect 13+ MPG (US) average towing.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12-18-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By Garfield
I find the 2-speed setting on my Direclink...

I find the 2-speed setting on my Direclink controller quite helpful in controlling the Hensley bump...supports fine tuning the braking force at high and low speeds.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 12-09-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,025
Posted By Garfield
:lol::lol::lol: Good one!

:lol::lol::lol:

Good one!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-07-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 16,465
Posted By Garfield
Congrats mstephens! Sounds like you picked out a...

Congrats mstephens! Sounds like you picked out a sweet TV. Finding a good hitch shop isn't easy. Hopefully Andy T. can provide some guidance for whomever you end up using. You might ask if he'd...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-05-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 16,465
Posted By Garfield
As an owner of a Chevy Traverse, this is a very...

As an owner of a Chevy Traverse, this is a very astute observation. When we towed our first trailer, a 30' SOB, we used a short wheelbase Yukon. It had sufficient power but I never really liked the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 12-04-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,240
Posted By Garfield
Another setup by Can-Am RV...

2011 Chevy Traverse hauling a 25SS Safari. Tow package had to be added. Andy used a Class III after-market hitch and reinforced it by welding two angle-irons from just behind the receiver to a...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-02-2013, 08:04 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,601
Posted By Garfield
If you want lots of towing "headroom" there's...

If you want lots of towing "headroom" there's always one of the GM "Lambda" vehicles...Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia or Chevy Traverse -- AWD option with 5200 lb towing capacity. The only major drawback...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-25-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 50,307
Posted By Garfield
Indeed, I've run into a few Can-Am RV customers...

Indeed, I've run into a few Can-Am RV customers that traded-up their V6 TV's for V8's because they wanted more power or to haul more stuff but so far nobody's indicated to me they upgraded out of...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-20-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 50,307
Posted By Garfield
Makes sense...you sure can't trust manufacturers....

Makes sense...you sure can't trust manufacturers. So I guess the only way we'll really know what we can tow is to continue to listen to the experts that have been towing for like...decades.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-13-2013, 02:56 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 27,028
Posted By Garfield
Well...by the time you weld/bolt on a 2" receiver...

Well...by the time you weld/bolt on a 2" receiver and adequate supports underneath the A/S body, and then attach a standard 2" receiver bike rack you're pushing 100 lbs before you add bikes.

My...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-04-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,588
Posted By Garfield
I know nothing about towing with a GC so can't...

I know nothing about towing with a GC so can't comment on that, but feel the need to correct some misinformation about weights. I often see comments about payload capacity and tongue weights being...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-26-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,088
Posted By Garfield
Drilling a ~1/4" hole into one side of an A-frame...

Drilling a ~1/4" hole into one side of an A-frame isn't going to compromise structure. Of course every hitch has it's pros and cons. There are some things I don't like about my Hensley. One thing I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,789
Posted By Garfield
With respect, have to disagree with this. I've...

With respect, have to disagree with this. I've never seen any evidence that regularly exceeding the tow rating shortens the life of a vehicle PROVIDED it's properly maintained, which usually just...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-15-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,684
Posted By Garfield
Flex gas tank is 18.6 US gals (exact) @ 13 MPG =...

Flex gas tank is 18.6 US gals (exact) @ 13 MPG = 4:24 hr @55 MPH at which point you'll be burning fumes. Most would be stopping every 3 hours for gas, especially in unknown territory or in the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-14-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,684
Posted By Garfield
5 hours? You'll be stopping for gas much more...

5 hours? You'll be stopping for gas much more frequently than that, and learn to carry an extra gas can.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-12-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,684
Posted By Garfield
Nothing wrong with the Flex...except for the puny...

Nothing wrong with the Flex...except for the puny 18 Gal fuel tank. When towing you'll be stopping for gas, a lot! That's one reason we chose a Traverse.
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